Nadia Bolz-Weber takes no prisoners as she reclaims the term "pastrix"(pronounced "pas-triks," a term used by some Christians who refuse to recognize female pastors) in her messy, beautiful, prayer-and-profanity laden narrative about an unconventional life of faith.
Heavily tattooed and loud-mouthed, Nadia, a former stand-up comic, sure as hell didn't consider herself to be religious leader material-until the day she ended up leading a friend's funeral in a smoky downtown comedy club. Surrounded by fellow alcoholics, depressives, and cynics, she realized: These were her people. Maybe she was meant to be their pastor.
Using life stories-from living in a hopeful-but-haggard commune of slackers to surviving the wobbly chairs and war stories of a group for recovering alcoholics, from her unusual but undeniable spiritual calling to pastoring a notorious con artist-Nadia uses stunning narrative and poignant honesty to portray a woman who is both deeply faithful and deeply flawed, giving hope to the rest of us along the way.
Wildly entertaining and deeply resonant, this is the audiobook for people who hunger for a bit of hope that doesn't come from vapid consumerism or navel-gazing; for women who talk too loud, and guys who love chick flicks; for the gay man who loves Jesus, and won't allow himself to be shunned by the church. In short, this audiobook is for every thinking misfit suspicious of institutionalized religion, but who is still seeking transcendence and mystery.
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Have you just ever been really surprised by a book? I was on the fence about this book thinking it was perhaps too contrived...tattooed edgy pastor makes her mark in mainstream religious america, telling them what it's all REALLY about. Ohhhh...not so at all. She is brutally honest about her life and shortcomings. She is the real deal. And she talks about her relationship with Jesus and the Gospel in ways that bring it all to life. I have read this book twice and am on my third time. (I have NEVER read a book more than once...EVER). There are so many buried, insightful treasures in this book. We need more voices like hers to make Christianity relevant again in our times.
Fabulous , Entertaining, Honest.